6h33 - Deadly Scenes
Abyssgale - Hegemon
Aceptic Goitre - The Graduation Frenzy
Adolf Castle - Really Crazy Germans
Andralls - Breakneck
Anger at Dusk - Anger at Dusk
Antigone Project - Antigone Project
Atra Hora - Metahom
Christ Agony - Darkside
Cipiersi - Reactor
Coffin Creep - Enter the Creep
Dargonomel - In Abyssum Diaboli
Demon Vomit - Brutal Blasphemy
Doomster Reich - The League for Mental Distillation
Elegos - To Those Lying in the Fields of Glory
Ende - Whispers of a Dying Earth
Endname - Demetra
Evil Domain - Morbid Greed
Ferosity - Blasphemous Verses
Garden of Grief - Endstation
Hotel Greulich - Demo '14
Iami - Luz e Sombra
Impalers - God from the Machine
Istina - Knowledge of Darkness
Lachrimatory - Transient
Lucidity - The Oblivion Circle

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Mallory - 2
Neolith - Izi.Im.Kurnu-Ki
Nervous Impulse - Time to Panic
Phantasmal - The Reaper's Forge
Premortal Breath - They
Putrid Evil - Massgrave Overtortures
Putrid Offal - Mature Necropsy
Razors / Yacoepsae - Live
Uhriristi - Haudankylmä
Visions of War - Swine Parade
Znafelriff - Ruin

Band: 6:33
Country: France
Title: Deadly Scenes
Label: Kaotoxin Records
Year: 2015
Style: Avantgarde Metal

Review:
Are you serious??? These guys are labelling their music simply as "Strange Music", and believe me, this really IS strange music, some of the strangest I've heard lately, one that has avantgarde written all over it. This is the first time I get in touch with their music, and actually the first time I hear about them (when signing to Kaotoxin) even though this is their third album, an the previous one was out on Season of Mist... But I'm really glad I got to meet their music, these (multiple already) auditions of their new album were a real joy for my senses, and by now I can clearly say I love this band. If you don't know their music just imagine a combination of Queen, Devin Townsend, cabaret music, cartoons soundtracks-like music, opera, French Hip Hop, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Electro, and Extreme Metal (whatever you can think of)... What? You can't? I don't blame you, these guys are insane, and their music is even more insane, but the interesting fact is that their insanity is joyous, funny and shiny but it doesn't fall in ridiculous, it keeps a certain level of respect. Amazing, real artists! If you're into deep avantgardist music I suggest you give at leat a spin to this album, you might not like all tracks at first, but you'll definitely find something you'll adore on this album, it's genious!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10

Contact:
www.633theband.com
www.kaotoxin.com

Band: ABYSSGALE
Country: Greece
Title: Hegemon
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
The Greek Black Metal scene seems to be stronger than ever these days, with legends still active and productive, and hordes of newcomers attacking the scene each one with their own brand of Black Metal. Abyssgale isn't really a newcomer since although this is their debut album, they've been around since 2005, with a single more EP to be added to their discography so far, so basically they can be considered news on the scene at least on discographic level. The band plays a traditional fast paced Black Metal with highlights on the cruel vocals of Godium, a very good double guitars section, and starting from track 3, some of the fastest rhythms I've ever heard; at times they sound like swarms of bees, but I tell you, these are the angriest of bees. From start to finish these 8 tracks (40 minutes) are a continuous assault of ferocious Black Metal on all your senses, and except for the first track that I found a bit chaotic when the lead guitar kicks in, the rest is incredibly precise and well-thought. The rhythm section is like the most rigurous army, in both execution and accuracy. All these supported by a crystal clear sound quality I'd say make an excellent debut album from a band that might have a serious word on the scene pretty soon.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.abyssgale-official.bandcamp.com
www.immortalfrostproductions.com

Band: ACEPTIC GOITRE
Country: Greece
Title: The Graduation Frenzy
Label: Rotten Music
Year: 2014
Style: Brutal Death Metal

Review:
Brutal Death Metal is the name of the game here and if you're not into it Aceptic Goitre has nothing to offer you, that's for sure. This is the band's debut full-length album released after only 1 year of band existence and 2 previous releases, a split and an EP, so we're dealing with a pretty productive duo (although they recently got a drummer, and so becominga trio). This debut album is made of 10 tracks and clocks a bit over half an hour of music; mid-tempo to fast paced brutal and slaming Death Metal with uncomprehensive vocals, US style heavy and slamming guitar riffs, low-tuned bass lines, drum machine, and a raw, unpolished sound that might turn down some of you and might be on the liking of others. It's not original, nor it will leave you mouth open, but for a debut album I find it pretty well executed, with interesting ideas (among which also the lyrics, each of them based on a horror movie) and entertaining enough for the fans of the genre.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/AcepticGoitre
www.rottenmusic.net

Band: ADOLF CASTLE
Country: Russia
Title: Really Crazy Germans
Label: Metal Race Records
Year: 2014 (re-release)
Style: Heavy Speed Power Metal

Review:
An album initially released in 1995, then re-released in 2004, and now re-released for the second time, this time by Metal Race, a label that's struggling to offer long forgotten metal gems, one that if it will keep marching on this niche, will have a huge success, I'm sure of that. Adolf Castle seems to have been quite popular in Russia in the '90's, or at least their music recommend them for being popular, but they only managed to release an album, this one. To tell you the truth I was quite bored listening to the first 2-3 tracks (generic Hard'n'Heavy including an equally generic ballad), but then things start getting serious, the music becomes faster and more aggressive (even Thrash Metal influenced at times), with a heavily ironic approach that I'm sure fans of Fun Metal will enjoy it immensely, especially because of the band's ability when it comes to technical skills. The music ranges from Hard'n'Heavy to traditional Heavy Power Metal to Speed Metal to Heavy Thrash Metal at times, with loads of solos (even a bass solo track that's great!), a very good vocalist (although he sound as he's aged before time, Manowar-like), incredible speed, and an organic sound that at times might not sound professional at all, even chaotic I must add. But the overall impression is great, a diverse album recommended to all fans of '80's Heavy Speed Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.metalracerecords.com

Band: ANDRALLS
Country: Brazil
Title: Breakneck
Label: Distro Rock Records
Year: 2012
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
This is already an old release although it's the latest Andralls album to date, but since Distro Rock Records are still promoting it, it probably means there are still some CDs left for sale in its warehouse. Andralls is by now a pretty well known name in the underground, not only in their home country, but also across the ponds, and this is their 5th album since they were formed back in 1998, not bad. Breakneck is made of 10 tracks totaling a bit more than half an hour of fast paced traditional Thrash Metal, a real invitation to break your neck headbanging. Full of good guitar riffs, unrelenting rhythm section and a powerful vocalist, not versatile but angry and leading the band well towards the aggressive level they seem to aim. Although there's not much to stand out, I'd say Breakneck is not a bad album, probably more suitable for fans of traditional Thrash than fans into innovative ideas, but it's definitely full of energy, aggressive, and precise as a Swiss clock. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/andrallsfasthrash
www.distrorockrecords.com.br

Band: ANGER AT DUSK
Country: Italy
Title: Anger at Dusk
Label: Sliptrick Records
Year: 2015
Style: Progressive Metal

Review:
My first encounter with both this band and label, but since the band is only at its debut album this shouldn't surprise me at all, but the label has almost 100 bands in its roster and I haven't heard of it yet, shame on me (or on them?). As I was saying this is this band's debut album and on one hand you can guess it from the band's enthousiasm and incessant desire to explore as much as possible resulting in a very, very complex and "all over the place" material, and on the other hand you'll feel like they are a mature group, or at least very skilled and experienced musicians, as I was saying this is a very complex material displaying these guys' potential to range from "traditional" Progressive Metal to Metalcore, Alternative, Post Metal and even Jazz! I love the guitar work on this, and I totally dig the versatility of the vocal compartment, although I'm not necessarily a fan of this genre this album was such an easy listening and at the same time challenging experience that I have no doubt it will hit my player again in the future. Oh, and I shouldn't forget to mention this material was released on what seems to be a Digipack made of recycled cardboard and the 10 pages booklet made of some sort of oilcloth instead of simple paper, nice idea. A band you should take notice of if you're into Progressive Metal and Modern Metal!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/AngerAtDusk
www.sliptrickrecords.com

Band: ANTIGONE PROJECT
Country: France
Title: Antigone Project
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Electro Progressive Rock

Review:
In this pace it won't be long until I get Hip Hope for review... not sure why people don't read the review guidelines before sending promo material; although I enjoy a lot of music and probably I'll end up playing releases such as this one again while reading something or just enjoying a sunny day, I'm no expert in other than Traditional and Extreme Metal and I always said that, so these promos feel like wasted money... Anyway, since I got this I'll try to explain what's on this EP: 4 tracks of nice flowing, dreamy, almost trippy Electro Progressive Rock based on 80's type synths, incisive bass lines, Rock / Brit Pop kind of guitars with occasional Psychedelic leads, and an excellent vocalist. In my book this is an excellent band with real potential to become highly commercial at some point. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/antigoneproject
www.dooweet.org

Band: ATRA HORA
Country: Russia
Title: Metahom
Label: Darknagar Records
Year: 2014
Style: Oriental Extreme Metal

Review:
Oriental Extreme Metal sounds interesting, isn't it? And it is, to a point. Atra Hora comes from Russia, was founded back in 2006 and released 2 full-length albums so far, this new material being an EP with 3 new tracks and 4 bonuses among which 2 covers (Daemonia Nymphe - never heard of - and Dead Can Dance). The band is a quartet and it seems they have developed from their early days Black Metal to what they are doing at the moment: a melodic mix of Black and Death Metal with loads of Progressive Metal and Oriental music influences all over, and with a definite orientation towards the exit of Extreme Metal and entry into another territory, one that's easier to digest, more opened to a wider audience, actually closer to Progressive Metal rather than Extreme Metal. The guitars and keyboards come with the oriental touch in this mix, the guitar leads and solos are awesome, but the guitar riffs are quite unimpressive, and the same goes for the keyboard tones, quite '90's-ish if I may say so, although the composition is interesting. I like this release, it's entertaining and nice flowing, but as a conclusion I definitely feel there's something more about this band, thye can do better than this, I have no idea why as this is the first time I meet with their music.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.atrahora.org
www.darknagar.ru

Band: CHRIST AGONY
Country: Poland
Title: Darkside
Label: Total Metal Records / A5 Production
Year: 2012
Style: Melodic Black Death Metal

Review:
Total Metal Records and A5 Productions teamed together to release one of the most challenging album in Christ Agony's history, their fourth full-length taking a step (or more) further in experimenting within the Melodic Black Death fields, now with important Electro and Goth influences that were so in fashion back then (1997) when bands like Sisters of Mercy and Laibach were becoming more and more influential for the Metal community. Still, despite these influences, Darkside keeps Christ Agony's Satanic core and their deep, contemplative lyrical side intact, the music is still aggressive and raw as their fans were used to. The only thing that's not on my taste here is the thin, synthetic programmed drums, but on the other hand Cezar, the main person behind Christ Agony, proves again he's an extremely talented musician and composer, plus his vocal performance on this album is highly impressive, too. One of the boldest and most challenging Christ Agony records, glad to see it re-released, don't miss it.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/ChristAgony
www.metalscraprecords.com

Band: CIPIERSI
Country: Poland
Title: Reactor
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Shit'n'Roll

Review:
No, the genre description isn't my invention because I hate the band's music so much, not at all, it's their own music labeling, funny, isn't it? Cipiersi aren't a Metal band, they are actually far, far away from Metal so of course I have no idea why I got this for review, but since I have it let's talk about it a bit. These 9 tracks (42 minutes) are a mix of '70's Rock with more modern soft Alternative Rock / Rock & Roll, so it actually sounds fresh and quite catchy, but I would definitely listen to this band's music more in an open air live show or in a bar while having some wine with friends than listen it on CD in which case I find it boring. Will hand it over to my wife, most probably she will enjoy it much better than I do. Although from Poland, these guys are playing in English so I don't know why they decided not to print the lyrics in their digipack, too bad.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: -/10

Contact:
www.cipiersi.art.pl

Band: COFFIN CREEP
Country: Sweden
Title: Enter the Creep
Label: Sound of Records
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Swedish Death Metal - some of us love it, some are bored by how much it has been promoted. I'm in the first category and I love its revival even though now, as back in the beginning of the '90's, there are some bands that simply don't have it and won't ever be capable of delivering good, memorable or at least entertaining Swedish Death Metal. Luckily what we have here is a band that seems to be determined to deliver good quality music, and this debut demo, although not a groudbreaking release, is an excellent proof of their potential. The guitar riffs are heavy as fuck, the rhythm section crystal clear and demolishing as it should be, devastating, although comprehensive growling vocals, excellent, disgusting lyrics and a war-like, brutal and sinister atmosphere overall, 4 tracks of intense, neck-breaking Swedish Death Metal with a subtle (or not?) hint of Groovy Death Metal a la Six Feet Under / Bolt Thrower, plus a bonus track, cover of Dismember's hymn "On Frozen Fields", I simply love this demo. My only observation would be that I would have liked the guitar solos a bit more worked on, a bit less chaotic, but apart from that everything is great, I recommend this demo to all Swedish Death Metal nostalgics out there, but hurry up, it's almost sold out, only 50 copies were pressed. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/CoffinCreepOfficial
www.soundofrecords.com

Band: DARGONOMEL
Country: Russia
Title: In Abyssum Diaboli
Label: NitroAtmosfericum / Cold Raw / Rebirth the Metal
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This band was founded back in 2006 as Subterra de Mort (as the band's FB link suggests, too), changed its name to Sakkath in 2010 and a year later to Dargonomel finally. After a first successful album (I've reviewed it too and liked it pretty much) under this name, and second full-length in the band's career, they are already back with a followup, a 9 tracks effort totaling 35 minutes of intense, fast paced, aggressive as hell and technical Black Death Metal highlighted by excellent guitar leads and solos, symphonic-like keyboard backgrounds, intense bass lines, and high-speed drumming all the way, a very blasphemous sounding release like its predecessor. I'm a big fan of their vocal type, abrasive and without too much power although very aggressive, they give me the impression of a home-made recording; I like the occasional addition of female vocals and hope they'll add more of it in the future, this might give them an edge, everyone in the scene avoids using operatic female vocals nowadays. The overall impression on this new album, influenced mostly by the very good guitar work, is positive, the band proves to deserve you attention. Album released in form of a nice looking gatefold digipack featuring all lyrics.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/pages/DARGONOMEL-ex-SUBTERRA-DEMORT/111105538931978
www.nitroatmosfericum.ru
www.pontefractummelancho.wix.com/coldrawrecords
www.rebirththemetal.de.vu

Band: DEMON VOMIT
Country: Poland
Title: Brutal Blasphemy
Label: Rotten Music
Year: 2012
Style: Brutal Death Metal

Review:
Until now this is the one and only full-length album from Demon Vomit, a tri founded back in 2007. Brutal Blasphemy is a strange combination of old-school Brutal Death and even old-school traditional Death Metal with the new school of Brutal Slam Death Metal. 11 tracks, almost 50 minutes of playing time, not bad for a debut album, but the material doesn't surprise too much on the technical level, yes, it has some good moments, but it also has some boring tracks (like the 5th, Anal Nun), so I'd say it's quite balanced in the end. Demon Vomit impresses through it's highly blasphemic and anti-christian lyrical content, and through it's vocal part, Kazik, although not being versatile at all, has a very stable, organic, oppressive vocal tone I enjoyed a lot. The instrumental part, as said earlier is balanced, and I think it would have been way better if the tracks would have been shorter, some tracks (the ones I cosider boring) are way too stretched and synthetically repetitive. The sound is raw and organic but at the same time crystal clear, no complaints here. Curious to see if the band is still active and if they'll release something new in the near future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.demonvomit.com
www.rottenmusic.net

Band: DOOMSTER REICH
Country: Poland
Title: The League for Mental Distillation
Label: The End of Time Records
Year: 2014
Style: Psychedelic Heavy Doom Metal

Review:
Interesting new act from Poland formed by musicians already known from other bands, especiaklly Extreme Metal bands like Architects of Disease, Iugulatus, or Deathlust, so I guess they needed something else in their career, they needed to experiment on other territories and that's why they brought this project to life in 2012; good decision, better than experimenting this way in their other bands. Doomster Reich sounds like the name suggest it, a combination of Heavy and Doom Metal with important Psychedelic ('70's type) and even Black Metal (!!!) influences. The sound is quite experimental as well, much rawer than I would have liked for this release, and that's probably my biggest complaint about this debut album of their. The compositions are complex, free of any boundaries, proving the band members have really good technical skills, I only think this music would have needed some more hooks in their tracks, or at least in some, so that at least one would stick to your mind after the audition. As a debut album I think it did what it was supposed to: showed us a new band full of potential in developing something more in a genre that's now considered vintage. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.soundcloud.com/user438659920
theendoftimerecords@gmail.com

Band: ELEGOS
Country: Greece
Title: To Those Lying in the Fields of Glory
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2015
Style: Black Metal

Review:
2 songs debut demo from this young Greek duo that started its activity last year, a 14 minutes effort recorded most probably at home. The sound is quite bad especially because of the weak mixing and mastering (or the lack of it?), the guitar riffs are too in the back of drums and guitar leads, and that becomes annoying at times, the high pitched guitar leads are hard to listen to. The drums are programmed and quite synthetic, but contrary to my usual repulsion towards programmed drums, this time I wasn't annoyed by them, so these guys did a good job here. The compositions range from mid tempo to fast paced rhythms and are introduced by a nice guitar based intro, another element I liked. The second track is better than the first one here, but it gets almost ruined by a damn awful (read childish, dissonant, amateurish) keyboard line placed at the end of it. Elegos' Black Metal has a certain melodic / epic feeling to it and I think they should bet more on this aspect in the future, but for the moment this demo won't convince you.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 5/10

Contact:
www.elegos.bandcamp.com

Band: ENDE
Country: France
Title: Whispers of a Dying Earth
Label: Obscure Abhorrence Productions
Year: 2012
Style: Black Metal

Review:
Ende's debut album was released in 2012, but most of the tracks were recorded earlier, in 2010, and 2 of them even earlier, in 2004, so we're being offered some pretty old material here. Ende is the project of I.Luciferia previously known from Osculum Infame. It seems he founded this projecty at the beginning of the 00's and after a while left it to rot until he decided to give it another try and recorded these track totaling 9 here and clocking a bit over 40 minutes of mid-tempo to fast paced Black Metal. Quite traditional compositions, with fast, double-pedal pounding drums (curtesy of Thomas Njodr from Gothic Metallers The Veil), repetitive and mesmerizing guitar riffs, melodic yet sharp guitar leads, low tuned bass lines that are not that distinguishable, and 2 overlapping layers of Black Metal shrieks, plus some occasional subtle keyboards in the background. Good stuff but far from groundbreaking, the sound is not as powerful as it should have been to fully express the music's atmosphere, and yet is not an album to ignore either.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/ENDE.official
www.obscure-abhorrence.de

Band: ENDNAME
Country: Russia
Title: Demetra
Label: Slow Burn Records
Year: 2014
Style: Progressive Sludge Doom Metal

Review:
These guys seems to have invented the Math-Doom subgenre, which is a bit pretentious statement, but when you listen to their latest effort, Demetra, their third studio album, you get what this term should mean and kind of agree with the band. Basically it's a Progressive and Psychedelic mix of Sludge and Doom Metal with all sort of breaks and twists and occassional technical passages that shouldn't normally be part of Doom. 4 tracks, almost 45 minutes of playing, a nice flowing release delivered as instrumental music only (except for some shamanic vocals in the background at one point), quite relaxing and even catchy here and there, but honestly I found it less complex and demanding as I would have thought at first, and I also didn't like most of the guitar tones used here, but that's only my opinion. I'd say the band is on a good way to reach what they've intended but not quite there yet, I love the cover artwork of this release though. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.endname.ru
www.slowburn.ru

Band: EVIL DOMAIN
Country: Brazil
Title: Morbid Greed
Label: Forbidden Music
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
This is most probably the band's debut demo, a 4 tracks effort clocking 15 minutes of old-school mid-tempo to fast paced Death Metal. The compositions are quite generic sounding, brutal and heavy as this genre was done decades ago, but without anything to stand out really. Still what impressed me were: the great cover artwork in greyscale, the mysterious intro and the bass sound, but other than that this is just another demo in the big pile of traditional Death Metal that's being released Today, won't stand out with anything. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/evildomain
cesarrhodes@bol.com.br

Band: FEROSITY
Country: Poland
Title: Blasphemous Verses
Label: Let It Bleed Records
Year: 2014
Style: Death Metal

Review:
Ferosity were formed back in 1999 and this is their third full-length release to date, a 10 tracks effort clocking 35 minutes of brutal and technical Death Metal, the traditional way. To me it sounds like a mix between Cannibal Corpse and Immolation, maybe even Deicide, US type Death Metal all the way, but unfortunately it sounds so typical and so devoted to their niche of Death Metal that it offers no thrills, no surprises and as a conclusion, it fails to impress in originality and perspective. On the other hand the good things about this album are the absolutely amazing tightness of their compositions, you'll feel like a wall of bricks keeps falling and falling on you continuously, the crystal clear sound quality, and the overall true and old-school brutality this band emanates, so if you're looking for something innovative look elsewhere, but if you're into tasting some powerful traditional US type Death Metal, Ferosity will be a good choice. Hope they'll add more guitar leads and solos on the next release though.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.ferosity.com
www.letitbleed.eu

Band: GARDEN OF GRIEF
Country: Austria
Title: Endstation
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Ambient Black Metal

Review:
Fifth studio album from this Austrian Black Metal one man band, Endstation is also, by far, its best work to date and honestly I really hope this is not an endstation for the band. Boronian Sturmfels, the man behind this moniker, took himself almost 4 years to compose, record and polish up this new effort, but it was all worth it in my opinion. Endstation is made of 8 tracks totaling more than an hour of music; very expressive and even emotional mix of Ambient and Black Metal produced without the use of keyboards or other "special" instruments (well, only acoustic guitar ar times), although the album has a second version with all tracks having keyboards on them but I have no idea if that was released yet or where is / will be available. The guitar riffs are so hypnotic, the bass lines so powerful and the drums so well programmed (I doubt they were recorded live though) that this albums gives me the chills, it reminds me of the best of the best from the second wave of Scandinavian (Norge and Finnish) Black Metal. The vocals are Black Metal shrieks, but not the typical ones, they have their own sound, a strange originality. The 5th track "All out!" is a real killer, one that should be pushed more by the artist, could bring him at the top of the genre, no doubts. I shouldn't forget to mention the excellent cover and booklet artwork, these drawings express more than words could do and they are pretty much in tone with what happens on the album. If you like your Black Metal with lots of mysterious passages, a polished yet dark atmosphere and catchy parts, you shouldn't miss this new album by Garden of Grief.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9.5/10

Contact:
www.facebook.com/gardenofgriefofficial

Band: HOTEL GREULICH
Country: Switzerland
Title: Demo '14
Label: Meatgrinder Records
Year: 2014
Style: Black Metal

Review:
This is an impressive release from A to Z, it's as old-school and as DIY as possible. At first this is a tape, nothing unusual nowadays when tapes are more in fashion than CDs, dubbed on simple bulk tape, as raw as possible, with a cover artwork that's a mix of hand-written track titles and hand-drawn naive art, cut & paste and old type color analog pictures of the band, such an '80's type release. Then we have the music, recorded live at their rehearsal room, in one take during multiple rehearsals between 2012 and 2014, and ending with the amount of tracks, 25 of them (!!!) totaling a full hour of Black Metal. Hotel Greulich's music is a combination of anything you can imagine Black Metal-wise, from fast and raw type to depressive, hopeless, to Ambient Black, you got them all, and for my surprise I have enjoyed it a lot even though at first I thought this is certainly done in a hurry and without quality. This is a limited edition tape but I honestly suggest you get ahold of it, the sound is pretty clear and you'll have no problem enjoying the music. Hotel Greulich is a band I hope to meet again in the future.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.hotel-greulich.bandcamp.com
www.meatgrinder.eu

Band: IAMI
Country: Brazil
Title: Luz e Sombra
Label: Selfreleased
Year: 2014
Style: Ambient Black Metal

Review:
Debut album from this Brazilian one man band, a 6 tracks effort totaling a full hour of music. Iami offers a mix of Ambient and Black Metal a la '90's, heavily inspired by Burzum's first releases, with lyrics in Portuguese listed inside of this good looking selfreleased digipack CD. Except for the fact that the vocals are a bit too abrasive for my taste I pretty much liked this CD, the Black Metal part is represented by mid-tempo tracks with plenty of dark atmospheres and a hint of Depressive Black Metal too, and the Ambient part reminded me of Italian Evol's atmosphere, so of course I like it although some of you might consider these tracks too long (there even one that clocks 20 minutes!) and repetitive. It's clear the man behind this project offered his soul on this debut album, and he did well, it's a nice flowing and emotional release, but unfortunately it's nothing out of the ordinary nowadays, it's not something you'll remember for long time. Well, it's a debut, time will tell if this is a successful project or not. This was released in limited edition of 300 copies and a copy is only $3!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10

Contact:
www.iamimusic.bandcamp.com

Band: IMPALERS
Country: Denmark
Title: God from the Machine
Label: Crime Records
Year: 2015
Style: Thrash Metal

Review:
This band started its activity in 2007 but from the original line-up only Soren, the vocalist/guitarist is still in the band, that's why the band, if you look at their pictures, seems a very young one, the other guys were probably not even into Metal when the band started. Still the band opened it's "official" discographic career in 2013 when they released their debut album, so basically this line-up is THE line-up for Impalers. God from the Machine (such a weird title) features 9 tracks in a bit more than 45 minutes of Thrash Metal, a mix of US (especially Metallica) and German Thrash Metal. Sometimes they are too similar to Metallica, but the raspy vocals (supported by growls at times) and the general speed are taken from the '80's Teutonic school, and that gives the whole atmosphere a more aggressive, in your face attitude fans will just love. I like the fact they are not afraid to use some pretty generic but very effective and catchy guitar riffs, and that they spice things up with loads of guitar solos, plus some choruses that are quite memorable, so all in all I like the album, it's not original but it's well thought and well delivered Speed Thrash Metal with excellent organic sound.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.impalers.bandcamp.com
www.crimerecords.no

Band: ISTINA
Country: Russia
Title: Knowledge of Darkness
Label: Self-released
Year: 2014
Style: Depressive Black Metal

Review:
Straight from Siberia, this 2 men band apparently founded back in 2007 managed to release their debut album in 2014 in dorm of a self-released professional digipack including a 12 pages booklet with all lyrics listed, so they seem to do a pretty good job even without a label, and yet a label would offer them a better exposure, so hopefully this will also bring them a label deal soon. The album is made of 10 track totaling 70 minutes of Depressive Black Metal defined by mid-tempo rhythm section, almost continuous use of fast paced double bass pedal, slow, lethargic, and at the same time freezing-cold guitar riffs, well-defined bass lines, atmospheric keyboard backgrounds and razor-sharp shrieks to freeze the blood in your veins, although with a serious lack in versatility. Unfortunately the band lacks something of their own, and except for the fact they are good at playing this genre they bring nothing new to the table, you won't remember them much after the audition. Anyway, since it's a debut album it's a good start, one that they absolutely shouldn't be ashamed of.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 6.5/10

Contact:
www.vk.com/istina_bm

Band: LACHRIMATORY
Country: Brazil
Title: Transient
Label: Solitude Productions
Year: 2011 (2014 re-release)
Style: Doom Death Metal

Review:
Is Solitude out of material to release or is this such a good album that it deserved a re-release? This was my first question when I saw this was originally released by the band in 2011, and since this is their debut album (although the band has a 15 years existence now) and they are not some super-famous musicians, my question was legitimate. Transient is made of 6 tracks clocking more than an hour of depressive Doom Death Metal heavily influenced by My Dying Bride and Anathema, and indeed if this would have been released back in the '90's I'm sure it would have become one of the cult releases of this genre, it's as good as I thought but at the '90's level: slow and heavy tempos, depressive atmospheres, organic sound, comprehensive growling vocals supported by occassional clean ones, low tuned guitar riffs and bass lines, good Death Metal type drumming, and all of this highlighted and lead by very expressive and catchy cello lines. Both the cello and the overall atmosphere made me think of My Dying Bride so if you're into it you should definitely check out this band, this album is a great debut for Lachrimatory, but seeing how productive they are it may well be their one and only...
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10

Contact:
www.lachrimatory.com
www.solitude-prod.com

Band: LUCIDITY
Country: Finland
Title: The Oblivion Circle
Label: Inverse Records
Year: 2015
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Review:
I think labelling this band as Melodic Death Metal won't do justice to the band nor to the genre, Lucidity are, indeed, rooted in Melodic Death Metal but quite far from it on this debut full-length album released 10 years after the band's foundation, so in the meantime they had plenty of time to develop, to expand their style and reach a new dimension, melodic, atmospheric, emotional, alternative and even progressive at times I'd say. 8 tracks, each one with its own inprint on Lucidity's overall genre, unveiling a band with excellent potential, inclined to experiment as much as possible and still be capable to curdle their compositions and offer a product that can be taken as a whole. Lucidity is both melodic, emotional and aggressive, heavy, with an emphasized atmospheric background that makes it not only easily digestible but also highly catchy and interesting. Although being their debut album, The Oblivion Circle proves Lucidity are a mature and capable band that deserves your attention, so from my end I warmly recommend it to you, especially if you're into Atmospheric Metal.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 9/10

Contact:
www.lucidityband.net
www.inverse.fi

 

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